When it comes to choosing a high-quality foam roller the first thing that I look at is the firmness. If the foam roller is too soft, it may not be suitable or effective for using to help massage achy muscles.
If it’s too hard, it might make massage a painful task, and would feel very similar to using a wooden rolling pin to work out the kinks. It would also prevent me from using it for any sort of flexibility movements that requires a soft bend.
Any foam roller that I choose has to be of medium softness; something that won’t completely fold and breakdown after use, yet something soft enough that won’t cause unnecessary pain. It also has to be suitable for Pilates, yoga, and stretching. That’s one of the reasons that I decided to look at the OPTP Pro-Roller. After reading some raving reviews on it, and learning of its medium firmness, I took it for a test spin myself. Here’s what I found:
Good massage quality
With this roller I was able to perform the MELT method with absolute ease and lack of pain. Research shows that using the MELT method helps to activate nerves and muscular tissue for natural healing.
Therefore, I knew right off the bat that I needed a high-quality foam roller that would live up to the task of helping me to massage my muscles to ease pain and tension. This roller definitely lived up to those standards.
Doesn’t use latex materials
As someone who is highly allergic to latex, this was a feature that I was looking for. I couldn’t find the materials that make up the roller listed anywhere on the product descriptions, or paper that came with the product, so I reached out to the company. They did confirm for me that there is no latex material used for this product. Anybody who has an allergy can rest assured that this is a safe bet.
Meant for heavy use
The materials used to make this foam roller are meant for it to take a beating if need be. Various floor exercises, stretching, massaging, etc. are no problem. It’s also meant for heavy usage in rehabilitation centers and fitness studios alike.
The high-quality materials prevent the OPTP Pro-Roller from breaking down after hard use. It’s also ideal for heavy-set persons who are tired of their foam rollers not being able to handle their weight or not being effective because of lack of support.
Can be used anywhere
I loved that I didn’t always have to use it on the floor of my living room. There were certain times that I needed a softer surface to help with back pain and resorted to using the foam roller on my bed. Because the OPTP Pro-Roller isn’t too soft, I was still able to enjoy using it for deep massaging techniques, even though I wasn’t on the hard floor.
No weird chemical odor
Many foam rollers that I have tried in the past have had nasty chemical odors to them. Many times the smell would be strong enough to make me feel ill with headaches and nausea. Sometimes the smell would go away after a little use, sometimes it wouldn’t.
The fact that this foam roller had no odor right off the bat really made my massage, Pilates, and yoga experiences soothing and relaxing. It was easy for me to forget that it was a brand new foam roller because of the lack of smell, and that is a really nice feature!
- Highly durable
- Perfect support without too much firmness/softness
- No chemical odor
- Can be used anywhere
- Perfect for the MELT method
- Can be used for massage, Pilates, yoga, stretching, physical therapy, etc.
- No latex
- Not bendable for easy storage. However, consistent bending of the foam roller will break it down, and this roller is built to last.
All in all, the OPTP Pro-Roller is a fantastic foam roller. Just like Goldilocks with her porridge, I was very pleased that the firmness of this roller was “just right”.
The heavy durability of this roller allowed me to use it for every purpose that I had initially wanted it for without worrying about whether I was breaking it down or if it would be as firm tomorrow as it is today.
As far as recommendations go, I would recommend this product to my best friend who is picky about every product she purchases.
I would also recommend this roller to anybody looking for a high-quality foam roller that won’t break down quickly, that will take a beating, and that is still soft enough (yet firm enough) to get the best use for massaging, Pilates moves, yoga, stretching, physical rehabilitation, and healing. If you’re allergic to latex and can’t stand heavy chemical smells, this is also the perfect roller for you.